News reports state that the shooter was Robert Lewis Dear, 57, of South Carolina, although other reports state that he was from North Carolina.
[He] lived part of the time in a cabin with no electricity or running water in the North Carolina mountains.He carried a rifle and brought bombs as well, which were successfully removed without incident.
His neighbors in Black Mountain said Robert Lewis Dear kept mostly to himself. But James Russell said when Dear did talk, it was a rambling combination of a number of topics that didn't make sense together and he tended to avoid eye contact.
Two topics Russell said he never heard Dear talk about were religion or abortion.
Dear's cabin was a half-mile up a curvy dirt road about 15 miles west of Asheville. A cross made of twigs was nailed to the wall of the pale yellow shack on Saturday.
Dear also spent time in a house in the nearby town of Swannanoa.